Hill House Home x Dempsey & Carroll

Our celestial-inspired collaboration with our friends at Hill House Home has been on our shelves for a few weeks now and we are so in love. The charming bedside tablets, and the dreamy coasters are the ideal way to dress up your nightstand.

We first met the Hill House Home team over coffee at The Crosby Street hotel. It was a match made in heaven. We had been following the brand since its inception and were thrilled to finally get our teams in the same room. Once they told us about their plans to open their gorgeous shop on Bleecker Street, we knew a holiday release would be perfect.

A few weeks later, we were all uptown and Nell, Katherine, and our Creative Director, Leo, had come to a decision on an exquisite collection featuring the perfect dressings for a bedside table.

Our party at the HHH Bleecker shop was a fabulous way for us to toast the collection, and begin stuffing Christmas stockings near and far! We’re excited to share some fun photos with you from our gathering the other day – we hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed the celebration!


Shop the collection here!

The History of the Calling Card

To honor our Annual Calling Card Event,  we wanted to share the history of the calling card and how its purposes have evolved over time. We hope that this piece inspires you to put your best card forward! 


Before the age of the telephone, the calling card (or carte de visite in French) had a significant role as a social tool. In the days when ladies might receive visitors during hours they were known to be “at home,” the calling card served to announce a visitor to the house. Thought to have originated in China in the 16th century, the calling card flourished in France and England before coming to America, reaching its heyday during the Gilded Age of the late 19th century.



A visitor would present his card to the butler, who would place it on a silver tray and, leaving the visitor to wait, take it to the lady of the house. Different corners of the card would be turned down to indicate the visitor came in person, or that the call was intended to express congratulations or condolence.

On an initial visit, a gentleman would give a card to the butler and leave; if the recipient wished to start a friendship, a card would be returned in the same manner; but no response or a card returned inside an envelope indicated the recipient did not wish the acquaintance to continue.

Although business cards existed, they were never used in social situations. Just as today it is usually considered rude even to ask a new acquaintance what he or she does to earn a living, the idea that a person might produce a card with business information in a social setting was inconceivable until the early twentieth century. So the calling card would have served that social function, and any information missing, or perhaps a short note, would often be written directly on the card.


The most formal calling card format features only a person’s full name, complete with title: Mr., Mrs. or Miss. “Doctor” is spelled out, as is “junior.” A home address, as brief as possible, is sometimes added to the lower right corner of the card; men’s cards sometimes include the name of a club.CallingCardEvent-OrangeClutch-03-Edited

Traditional calling cards are always engraved, using only black ink, the finest paper stock, and one of a small selection of conservative typefaces. Interestingly, the ornate social codes of American Society developed standard sizes to denote sex and marital status. These “proper” sizes were in use well into the twentieth century, though today it is acceptable to throw these rules out the window and choose a size – or create a different size – that suits your taste.


Single Men:                                        1-9/16” x 3-1/4”

Married Men:                                     2” x 3-1/2”

Single women:                                   2” x 2-7/8”

Married women and widows:          2-3/8” x 3-1/4”

Married couples:                               2-1/2” x 3-1/2”


The Calling Card Today

 Calling cards, sometimes referred to as personal cards, are experiencing a renaissance, particularly among younger people, who change jobs more frequently and may want to present themselves socially with a less work-related face. Though a standard business card size is still popular for calling cards, a more unusual size may be a surprise to the recipient. Ink color and typeface are other ways to make the card have more personality. And today, there is sometimes more contact information put on the card; a cell phone number and personal email address are very common, as they don’t change when a person changes jobs or home addresses. Still, many clients prefer the simple elegance of engraving only their names on the center of the card.


How to Use Your Calling Cards

Calling cards are the perfect “blank slate” for today’s social and business interactions. It is perfectly acceptable to jot a little note or a bit of information directly on to your calling card. For example, after a business meeting you might add your work email and hand it to a new acquaintance. After running into an old friend you might write “call me” and include your mobile telephone number. How you use your cards is entirely up to you. You should be comfortable and confident that your cards are a sophisticated reflection of your personality and are completely adaptable to any situation. Calling cards also make fabulous gift enclosures – simply write “Happy Birthday” or “Congratulations” on the card and enclose it with a gift.

We’re sure you’ll find hundreds of ways to use your cards. Be sure to visit our website or call us at 212.570.4800 to learn more!


What Are They Packing?

July 4th Weekend is a wonderful time to take a long weekend to travel, whether it involves hiking in Aspen or relaxing on the beach.  Sometimes the most difficult part of traveling is the packing, so our  Creative Director, Leo Mascotte, and CEO, Lauren Marrus, have graciously shared their essentials for their summer destinations.

Leo’s Aspen hiking essentials

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A Fourth of July Parade in Aspen


Lauren’s Beach essentials


Sandy Hook Beach, New Jersey

A Spotlight on The Cloister

Events Curator Austin Ackles sat down with Maren White of The Cloister

AA: Sea Island, Georgia is so speCity Scape in Lanternsctacular and the Spanish moss lends such an air of mystery. Could you give us a bit of background?

MW: Howard Coffin, industrial magnate and creator of the Hudson automobile, fell in love with the Georgia coast while on a trip from Detroit to promote his cars in the 1910 Savannah Road Race.  The Coffins purchased Sapelo Island, built a beautiful home there, and in subsequent years purchased all of what is today’s Sea Island, as well as large tracts on St. Simons Island.  Believing that others would enjoy the coast as much as he and his wife did, Coffin and his young cousin Bill Jones commissioned famed Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner to design The Cloister, which opened in 1928.   Knowing that golf would be of interest to his guests, Coffin had Walter Travis design Plantation, the first nine-hole golf course of the Sea Island Golf Club, which opened in 1927 on St. Simons Island.

Although The Cloister quickly became popular, the young company’s early success was immediately affected by the Great Depression.  It was an extremely difficult time in the life of the company, with many employees encouraged to find work elsewhere if they could.  Most continued to work at Sea Island, where they were paid in Sea Island scrip, printed by the company and honored by local business owners in trade for food and necessities.


AA: You have your own chapel on the grounds of the resort. Does the chapel host a lot of weddings?

MW: The Chapel is extremely special to our brides at Sea Island! Nestled under historic oaks dripping with Spanish Moss, the Chapel is able to accommodate weddings of around 80 guests. With Sea Island’s weddings ranging from 2-300 guests in attendance, about half of our couples are lucky enough to fit their wedding inside this unique venue. For those brides that choose to celebrate with a large group of family and friends, the Cloister Garden is the perfect venue to exchange vows. With the Chapel being just a stone’s throw from the Garden, those brides that are too large to say their “I dos” in the Chapel are still able to incorporate this great venue into their wedding day by starting their walk down the aisle from our Chapel steps.


AA: We’ve seen so many beautiful ways to display and distribute escort cards. What’s the most original way you’ve seen it done at The Cloister?

MW: Our bride’s style always comes into play when designing gorgeous tablescapes! One of my favorite escort card displays has to be one that we did for a New York bride. We took various sized lanterns and staggered them across the table to create a city skyline in candlelight. We then nestled the escort cards on the base of the table on silver trays- all of the guests were drawn to the display and were sure not to forget their escort card! See attached images!


ABC Foyer TableA: There are so many reasons to visit Sea Island but what is the best reason to have your wedding at The Cloister?

MW: Each bride is drawn to Sea Island for her own reasons- some have been visiting the property since they were little girls, others have found our resort very recently. With that being said, I believe that the reason why our brides come to Sea Island is because of the true Southern Hospitality that our venue offers, while still providing our brides and their guests an incomparable luxurious experience!

The Beauty of Experience: “At the Emperor’s Table”

At the Emperor’s Table, the last book published by Assouline for Valentino, is not just a book about beautiful mise-en-place, dream homes, or excellent food.

Valentino’s book proves to be a voyage for the sense. It showcases his personal style of living defined by proportions, emotions, and surprise, which, in Valentino’s own words, define elegance.


Each page is a treat for the eye: a collection of fine china, crystals, and unique treasures that playfully awaken the senses.

It was a pleasure to receive his book last evening at the new Valentino store on New York’s Fifth Avenue. I experienced first-hand how the finest elements of life dance in his presence: beauty, passion and the surprise of a genuine smile when he heard me whispering “Grazie Maestro”.

Remo Nuzzolese,


Capri is Calling


amal2We just came back from the Amalfi Coast and cannot stop thinking about it. If you are looking for a romantic destination for a wedding, engagement party or a special anniversary, September is the perfect month!


Capri: Delight of roman emperors, international jet set and home of the mythological Sirens is so beautiful that is impossible to ignore. It’s hard to find a spot without charm in this small hilly island. Whether you decide to welcome your guests in a hotel, restaurants or private property, the personality of the Island will embrace you with the brightest blue, the unmistakable fragrance of lemon trees and the reward of incredible food.



Ravello: A couple of churches, three cobblestone streets and an breathtaking view of the Mediterranean. The town, perched on top of a mountain, is a fable-like destination for majestic weddings or more intimate gatherings. A handful of stunning century-old hotels line the main road on the edge of the hill and keep you floating in the middle of the sky. Get pampered at one of the secluded beach clubs a few thousands steps downhill and dine admiring the sunset in one of the Michelin starred restaurants of the ancient town, the memories will stay with you forever.remo


Paper ideas: White cotton paper; Deckled edges; Harbor Blue ink; Italian Script; botanical prints for the hospitality pieces.

12 Things Dempsey & Carroll Can’t Live Without

We were so inspired by Elle Décor’s Celebrity Short Lists that we decided to create our own! Both Ellen Degeneres and Ralph Lauren shared the 12 things they can’t live without. Their tastes continue to inspire many in all aspects of life—especially its most beautiful moments.



For further reading, please visit Ellen’s and Ralph’s lists on Elle Décor.